A current member of the European Parliament for South East England and a founding member and leader of the United Kingdom’s Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Paul Farage takes a few strips out of the hide of the European Parliament in the video that follows.
“You are very, very dangerous people [EU parliament] indeed. Your obsession with creating this Euro-State means that you’re happy to destroy democracy. You appear to be happy for millions and millions of people to be unemployed and to be poor. Untold millions must suffer so that your Euro-Dream can continue… We don’t want that flag, we don’t want the anthem, we don’t want this political class. We want the whole thing consigned to the dustbin of history.”
- Nigel Paul Farage
A member of the Conservative Party from his school days, Farage left that party in 1992 when John Major’s Tory government signed the Treaty on European Union. Following that, he helped found the UKIP.
A controversial figure, Farage was ranked 58th (out of 100) in the Daily Telegraph's Top 100 most influential right-wingers poll in 2010 and is known for his media savvy.
Last Thursday, the Daily Express became the first British national newspaper to call for Britain to leave the European Union, proving, perhaps, that the bailouts of Grease and Ireland and impending financial crises in Portugal and Spain are taking a toll on Britons’ patience with, as the Daily Express puts it, “a political project that has comprehensively failed.”
Patience may also be running out in Germany. The Telegraph reports: EU rescue costs start to threaten Germany itself. In its report, that website tells us “the escalating debt crisis on the eurozone periphery is starting to contaminate the creditworthiness of Germany and the core states of monetary union.”
In making its potentially trend-leading announcement, the Daily Express promised: “From this day forth our energies will be directed to furthering the cause of those who believe Britain is Better Off Out [of the EU].”
With several EU members faltering economically and the United Kingdom feeling far more self-confident and self-reliant than it did decades ago when it was trying desperately to recover from the Second World War, many in the UK believe their nation would fare better by following the examples set by Norway and Switzerland, which remain fully independent members of the European Free Trade Area, a group that is able to import from and export to the EU freely without being subjected to its federalist ambitions. Britain would then be better able to follow a more independent course and develop separate trading links with immerging powerhouses like China and India.
Farage delivers a tasty bit of tongue lashing, don’t miss it: